Welcome to the NT Mental Health Coalition

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed (NGO) mental health sector in the Northern Territory. The NTMHC has a network of around 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of about 35 organisations across the Northern Territory.

The NT Mental Health Coalition is a full member of the Mental Health Australia (MHA) and a founding member of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).

NTMHC engages and consults regularly with the NGO community mental health sector, its’ members and stakeholders through workshops, surveys, forums, one on one discussions, social media, events such as Mental Health Week promotion, phone and email contact.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Roundtables 2017

Please view the video/audio and pictures to our first two roundtables (below).
Roundtables were held in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy.
All consultations, roundtables and service profile reviews have now been completed. A final report has gone to the Northern Territory Primary Health Network and upon confirmation from the NT PHN the full report and recommendations will be posted to our website.

Latest News

Compass Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) and Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) are proud to announce that the registrations are now open for the Compass Teaching and Learning Conference to be held in Darwin from 13 to 15 October 2017. The theme Holistic care across the lifespan will explore the interplay of primary health care, patient participation and community through relevant clinical updates, practical workshops, current health reform updates and inspirational keynote speakers. To find out more or to register click here

Mental health needs community-driven, whole-of-government responses

What do federal government policy initiatives look like when they ‘trickle down’ to individual groups, communities and people? Inevitably they will have different implications in different situations.
A recent roundtable in the remote Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek was convened amidst intersecting policy changes, including those addressing mental health, disability and the delivery of primary care.
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newparadigm – New Winter Edition

Published in partnership with Community Mental Health Australia and the peak community mental health organisations across Australia, the journal exists to encourage discussion and information sharing on material relevant to mental health such as innovative service programs, evolving practice approaches, as well as research and contemporary thinking and evaluation of existing policy and service provision. To view the latest edition – Winter 2017 visit the Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) website here

Providing $47 million for suicide prevention work across Australia

The Turnbull Government will provide a $47 million boost to front-line services for suicide prevention and directly address a growing community need.  Services will be available right across Australia and will include training for at risk families and support groups,...

How To Get The NDIS on Track

NDS has released its paper ‘How to get the NDIS on track’ which makes strong recommendations on the necessary way forward for the NDIS.
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Journal of Mental Health

Understanding Advocacy Practice in Mental Health: a Multidimensional Scalogram Analysis of Case Records
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National Rural Health Alliance NT

The reported prevalence of mental illness in rural and remote Australia appears similar to that of major cities. Access to mental health services are substantially more limited than in major cities. Tragically, rates of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness. To view the latest Mental Health Fact Sheet click here

New report highlights need for government support for informal mental health carers

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) is calling on the Territory and Federal Government to protect existing supports for mental health carers, following the release of a major new report showing informal mental health carers are contributing $13.2 billion annually caring for people with mental illness, 1.7 times more than government investment in mental health services nationally. For the Media Release click here
Click here for the full report

Community Mental Health Australia 2017-18 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

CMHA have completed their 2017-2018 Federal Pre-Budget Submission. The Pre-Budget Submission has been developed in consultation with the States and Territories. The Submission puts forward six defined budget initiatives that are concrete measures to address issues occurring with the various mental health reforms and the NDIS that could be considered for inclusion in the 2017-18 Federal Budget. View the submission here

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy

A new strategy for inclusion and action.
LGBTI Australians are more likely to attempt suicide and to harm themselves than the general population. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder. Transgender people aged 18 and over are nearly 11 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population, and intersex people aged 16 and over are nearly six times more likely. Young LGBTI people – those aged between 16 and 17 – are five times more likely. Now, the peak body for LGBTI health in Australia, the National LGBTI Health Alliance, has created a National LGBTI Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy – the first of its kind in Australia, and a global rarity too.
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Darwin Mental Health Network

The Darwin Mental Health Network is an information sharing and networking opportunity for frontline staff and workers within the Community Mental Health Sector. To join the network and for more information contact Noelene Armstrong, Mental Health Coordinator on 1800 242 636 or Noelene.armstrong@carersnt.asn.au

The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

This template must be used to submit the Primary Health Network’s (PHN’s) Needs Assessment report to the Department of Health (the Department) by 30 March 2016 as required under Item E.5 of the Standard Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth.

Download the pdf: The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Roundtables: Developing a Model of Stepped Care in the Northern Territory.
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Supported by –

Invitation to join free Online Peer Support Forums

– in partnership with SANE Australia
Click on the banner to go directly to the SANE forum web page.

The SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers. Thousands of Australians use the Forums everyday to support each other and share their experiences.

SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. Currently there are 49 organisations around Australia participating in the program.

First launched in May 2014, SANE is funded through the Australian Government Department of Health to develop and moderate the Forums 24/7 and carries all liability for the service.

These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for reaching the Forums into metropolitan, regional and rural communities around Australia, as well as providing users with diverse expertise, information, resources and referrals. Online integration of the Forums through each partner’s website creates multiple access points into the community, while reducing platform duplication in the sector and building the capacity of each partner organisation to deliver digital mental health services for their participants.

To express interest in the program, please contact:

Syl Jenson
Partnership Manager – SANE Australia
M: 0416 811 272
E: sylvia.jenson@sane.org